ORLANDO, Fl. -- A former state lawmaker is going to prison after being sentenced for wire fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday that former Florida House of Representatives member Dwayne L. Taylor, 50, Daytona Beach, was sentenced to13 months in federal prison. The court also ordered him to pay $62,834.55 in restitution and to serve 18 months of supervised release.
He was convicted Aug. 31 on nine counts of wire fraud.
According to evidence presented at trial, during Taylor’s 2012 and 2014 re-election campaigns, he falsely reported thousands of dollars of expenditures to the state in order to conceal his misappropriation of over $60,000 in campaign funds through a series of unreported cash withdrawals, checks written to himself, and checks written to petty cash.
Taylor then used the misappropriated funds for personal expenditures unrelated to his re-election campaigns.
According to Florida law, all campaign contributions and expenditures must be reported to the State of Florida, and neither a candidate nor the spouse of any candidate may use funds deposited in a campaign account to defray normal living expenses for the candidate or the candidate’s family, other than expenses actually incurred for transportation, meals, and lodging during travel in the course of the campaign.
The case was investigated by the FBI.
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